Bedrooms are one of my favourite rooms to design, as (I would argue) they have the most impact on our quality of life. So when Vicky Sanderson hired me to consult on her son’s bedroom design, I was so excited to help her create a space that would be warm and cozy and conducive to rest and relaxation. If you’d like to give your child a quiet retreat (or give that same gift to you!) here are my top strategies for creating a cozy bedroom:
1. Paint It Deep and Dark
I am such a fan of painting walls dark in a bedroom. The impact a dark hue has on a space is not only visually striking, it’s cozy and creates a dark space that’s perfect for sleep. The key in painting a bedroom dark and for it to not feel like a cavernous dungeon is to ensure that it is well lit. I always prefer a layered lighting plan, with overhead lighting paired with wall sconces or lamps for function. The other key for using dark paint successfully is to ensure there is an element of contrast. In Vicky’s son’s room, we added contrast with the white bedding and textured wall art.
2. Use Warm Woods
A big feature in this bedroom is the beautiful bed and side tables, which we selected from Artemano. There is something about the natural texture and colour of wood grain that is so warm and inviting. Paired with matching side tables these pieces have a strong masculine presence. For a lighter/more feminine look, consider pairing a textured wood bed like this with painted night stands. We continued the wood trend in custom stained built-in shelves above a white and wood desk, and mid-century modern desk chair.
3. Vary Your Textiles
One of the simplest ways to make a bedroom cozy is through textiles. Start with the bed. Layer softer fabrics like cottons and linens with textured furs, chenilles and velvets for variety. Don’t forget the floor too—a patterned wool rug or fur scatter rug creates a comfy place for feet to touch down first thing in the morning. As for windows—I love drapes with a black-out lining for uninterrupted sleep. Consider customizing drapes and using that same fabric in throw pillows on the bed for a cohesive look.
4. Create a Reading Nook
If space allows, a comfy chair to curl up in is another cozy element in a bedroom. Since Vicky’s son’s room is small, we opted for a chair on legs with a compact silhouette to balance out the heavy stature of the wood bed. To keep the space serene, we kept the chair in a colour close to the wall hue, and kept the grey theme going with a dresser from Casalife. The dresser will also (hopefully) prevent the chair from becoming a catch-all for laundry.
5. Make It Personal
To me, a cozy space is one that also tells a story of the people that live there. We made sure Vicky’s son’s story was told through art on the walls and through displaying many of his childhood trophies and personal mementos on floating shelves. These personal artifacts bring life and visual interest to a room’s design and are integral to creating a space that’s warm and inviting.